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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Humanities in Action Wednesdays

The Humanities in Action program is our homage to the fourteenth and fifteenth century philosophy of civic humanism. Renaissance civic humanists believed that the combination of education, ethics, and active citizenship in citizens could lead to the creation of a better community. Humanities in Action events honor this tradition by exploring contemporary and potentially controversial topics in a welcoming environment. These compelling lectures, offered in collaboration with the General Alumni Association, have been featured on CSPAN (click here to access the videos) and offer participants a chance to explore and grapple with real-world issues.

This fall our Humanities in Action talks focus on economics and public policy. While economics has a reputation for dry analysis removed from human experience, these talks will offer lay people a chance to understand how the numbers work behind our economic system.

All talks run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Flyleaf Books, 752 MLK Jr. Blvd., in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for Humanities in Action events.

Program Tuition: Register ahead of time and pay $18.00 per program or pay only $8 if you are a member of the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). To check your membership status or to join the GAA, please visit or call 800.962.0742. GAA membership is open to all UNC alumni and friends. Tuition is $20.00 for everyone paying at the door. 

Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS – register for all 9 events (4 Spotlight on Scholars lectures and 5 Humanities in Action lectures) for $110.00 ($55.00 for GAA members).

For information about our cancellation policy, discounts, parking, and more, please visit our General Information page.

Secure Online Registration available – click here for details.

Fall 2014 Events (for details, click the title)

Capitalism with a Human Face
John Komlos, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Munich; Visiting Professor of Economics, Duke University
October 8, 2014
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Stanley W. Black, Lurcy Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus
October 15, 2014
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Justice Corrupted: How the Drug War Wastes Money and Ruins Lives 
Arthur Benavie, Professor Emeritus of Economics
October 22, 2014
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Debt and Taxes
Michael K. Salemi, Professor Emeritus of Economics
October 29, 2014
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Environmental Markets
Andrew Yates, Assistant Professor of Economics
November 5, 2014
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Flyleaf Books: Location and Contact Info

752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Next to Foster’s Market

Monday – Saturday: 9-9
Sunday: 10-5
Phone# (919)942-7373

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